Aldus PageMaker and QuarkXPress are great for print publishing, but can you use those pages on the Web? Conversion tools help your layouts make the leap.
From Printed Page to Home Page
By William Harrel, MacUser, November 1996
THE WEB IS WAITING, and so are your clients* After slaving over documents in Adobe PageMaker or QuarkXPress, you may be wondering what the most effective way is to get those pages up on the Web, Unfortunately, there’s still no magic Save as Web Page button to click on. That’s why most designers
end up remaking their pages in a straight HTML-authoring program, such as Bare Bones’ BBEdit, or a WYSIWYG application, such as Adobe PageMill.
If you’re set on leveraging off your existing documents, you essentially have two options. You can use a tool that converts your page-layout files to HTML — an XTension for QuarkXPress or a plug-in for Adobe PageMaker or FrameMaker (the unsung hero of page layout). Or you can use non-HTML alternatives for Web authoring, such as Adobe Acrobat and Quarklmmedia. The latter tools let you make files that are accessible from the Internet but that require special viewers (see the “Road Less Traveled” sidebar).
Repurposing tools sounded almost too good to be true, so we put them to the test with a six-page magazine laid out similarly in QuarkXPress, PageMaker, and FrameMaker.
The results were mixed, but most of the tools we looked at shared one advantage — they do automate time-consuming tasks. They all convert text to HTML, most convert text styles
to HTML code, and many convert graphics to Web-ready formats as well.
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